KEY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 18:20 (KJV). “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
The church of God which means, ‘the called-out ones’ is the physical representation of the body of Christ. The Lord is always in His body, to work through it, AND He is with His body, to protect and defend it. He says when we meet in His name, He is always with us. Many of us wished the Lord was physically present with us, yet that would not make any difference if we would not acknowledge His presence in whatever form, it may be. When a person has a complete assurance of the presence of the master in any gathering of the saints, we would likewise see and encounter a full manifestation of his presence
Many Christians miss the visitations of the Lord because of carnality. They say, if it is a meeting of cell group members, then it is an ordinary meeting, but if it is a popular evangelist coming to church, then Jesus would be in that meeting. These attitudes limit the power and Spirit of God so much. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. The people in His home town related to him as the local boy they knew, and so He could do nothing spectacular among them. “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”— Mark 6:5 (KJV). The Lord wished to bless them yet they were not ready.
HOW do we approach all gatherings of the brethren?
1.PRAY before joining every gathering of the saints
2.Tell the Lord, you know He would be mightily present in the meeting, and you expect Him to do, one, two, or three things in your life. Be specific.
3.In the moment of worship, sincerely adore the Lord, knowing He is present and deserves all the worship
4.Never see the speaker as just Mr. A, pastor B, or whoever. See the Lord Jesus speaking through the speaker to you.
5.Believe every prayer, prophetic pronouncement as already established.
6.Pray and tell the Lord about those requests, knowing He has answered them.
7. Be very thankful and JOYFUL about your encounter with the Lord in that meeting.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your presence in every gathering of the saints. Thank you for your power that heals, saves and answers all our prayers. I am always blessed in the gathering of the saints.
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV). Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.